Director, Public Affairs
American Geophysical Union/AGU - Washington, DC

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Are you looking to enrich your career in a challenging and rewarding position? Do you possess collaborative leadership skills? Are you excited by being a strategic partner in the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) successful operation and growth? Are you passionate about science policy and advocacy and experienced in conceptualizing and developing government relations and policy strategies, ideas, and opportunities?

Then we want you to join our team at the largest scientific organization that promotes discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. This is an exciting time to be working at AGU. Our members and staff work hard on promoting our mission and shaping policy to ensure a sustainable future.

We are seeking a Director, Public Affairs to develop overall strategy and direct the implementation of governmental affairs for AGU in alignment with AGU’s strategic plan. Your responsibility is in development and implementation of a public affairs strategy that includes carrying out effective government advocacy, developing productive relationships with the private sector and foundations for advancing AGU’s science policy work, enhancing public and media recognition of the value of the Earth and space sciences to the policy makers at all levels, and overseeing development of AGU’s annual Science Policy Conference.

The successful candidate is one who possesses a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, in public policy, law, communications, marketing, journalism, public relations, or a related field, and a minimum of 10 years of experience in leading results-oriented public affairs operations, preferably in a non-profit or scientific society, with a minimum of 5 years in staff management. Knowledge of public policy issues and processes, including those related to federal budgets and appropriations and agency funding. Experience in strategic public affairs and advocacy, ideally in Earth and space science or a related scientific area, with proven success in developing and implementing public affairs strategies that influencing the shaping of policy. Demonstrated success in building and maintaining effective relationships with policy makers in Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. Must be able to build support for AGU priorities and foster trust throughout our varied constituencies. Must be able to able to take an initiative/campaign and multipurpose the tools, resources, and information as appropriate. Must be able to assess current and future program needs.

Why should you join us? AGU is working to be the best place on Earth to work. We offer an extensive benefit package to all full-time employees and the opportunity to work with members that focus on global issues to ensure a sustainable future. You will work in a collaborative environment with dedicated professionals who are interested in making a difference.

Please formally submit interest via cover letter and CV to our website, located here:*10561C6E9A2D02B1


Additional Salary Information: Negotiable

Internal Number: 13-0019